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SHOW SNIPPETS

  • All scheduled shows at The Hand Equestrian Centre have been cancelled. A statement will be released in due course. (Show Snippets)

  • The first IMCA / PAWC fundraising show is on Sunday 4 January (Show Diary)

  • There will be a free live stream for the biggest agility event in Germany on  2-4 January 2015  (BACK 2015)

  • The 4th Height Jumping Cup 2015 will be sponsored by Fitzpatrick Referrals. (Qualifiers News)

  • The 2015 WAO Team England has been announced. (Show Snippets)

  • The Kennel Club has made changes to its regulations on the submission of schedules.  (Show Snippets)

  • 2015 Agility Team GB Squad named by KC. (Show Snippets)

  • The Downland Spring show will be for all grades and sizes at a new venue. (Show Snippets)

  • Pachesham will not now be offering cash prizes at their Gold Rush shows. (Show Snippets)

  • Important reading for any agility person: Agenda for the next KC Council meeting. (Jan 2015 Agenda)

E-VENTS

Events added in the last two weeks.

'The Agilitynet site has really helped me in the past to find training courses for me to attend. I have done training courses all over the country and thoroughly enjoyed them.' Marianne Tembey


RESCUE DOGS

Here are some of the latest arrivals but there are many more looking for active homes.

You can now add potential agility dogs direct. It's a faster service and still free to rescue organisations and private individuals! Another new features is a Google map so you can see where the dog is located. Wales may not be THAT far away for the right dog!

OTHER NEWS & INFO

YKC News
As part of their 30th anniversary celebrations, the YKC has set up a competition for a celebratory slogan! Come on Juniors. Put on your thinking caps.

Training Places & Spaces
Thinking of starting agility and trying to find a club, moving to a new area or some extra private tuition? These clubs and events have spaces available.

  • KATS (Hants)
  • Ready2Run (W. Mids)
  • Barking Needs (Staffs)

KC Council Meeting Agenda - January 2015
Important reading for any agility person regardless of what flavour agility you do (KC, UKA, BAA, FAB or Independent etc) Topics up for discussion include:

  • 4th Jump Height Proposal
  • 5 Year Plan
  • Should agility be considered a 'sport?'
  • Judge's Working Party Report
  • Bitches in Season at shows

Crufts Car Stickers
Agilitynet readers who have qualified for Crufts have donated £58 to the KC Charitable Trust. Thank you.

Has your Team qualified for Crufts next year. You can get a car / van sticker for each and every one by sending an sae to Agilitynet, 38 Northolme Road, London N5 2UU They are free but if you send a voluntary donation to the KC Charitable Trust, we'll send you extras for the reserves and grooms!

Agility Team GB
Team chiropractor Emma Fretwell has decided to step down from the position so that she can pursue private and business interests.

FMBB BSD World Champs 2015
The WBSDS and BSDA are planning to send a team to next years BSD World Championships in the Czech Republic on 7-10 May 2015.

IFCS Report
It was the first year that FAB had qualified to send a GB Team to the  International Federation of Cynological Sports (IFCS) World Championships and no one knew what to expect. In the end they came home from The Netherlands with two Gold and three Bronze medals.

BAA News
Hayley Laches will take the helm of the British Agility Association (BAA) organisation from June Bass on 1 September. Some things will remain the same but she also has lots of ideas for making BAA shows even better.

QUALIFIERS & FINALS

There's an extra 'fun run' qualifier for every Grade level now, not just the Advanced dogs. You can find a qualifier to suit you by using the Qualifiers button on the Show Diary page. Don't be shy. Go for it.

Qualifiers News
Television's 'Bionic' vet has agreed to sponsor the 4th Height Jumping Cup next year. There will be six qualifying heats held around the country this agility season.

Adams Qualifiers
The first Adams Derby was set up in 2001 by Chris and Sandra Adams. Over the years, they have added a Jumping Cup, Laser Pairs, Anysize Jumping and Junior Agility qualifiers to their repertoire.

Drontal Agility Challenge
The 2014 Final, judged by Andrew Dicker, was held at The Malvern Autumn Show on the Three Counties Showground, one of the best settings for a final anywhere in the country. The agility was good and so was the shopping not to mention the cider tent. All in all - a perfect day out.

Royal Canin Rest of the World Challenge
After two days of fierce competition, current holder Nicola Garrett retained her Royal Canin Rest of the World title at this year's Pembrokeshire By the Pond.

Welsh Handler of the Year
The  2014 Burn's Welsh Handler of the Year was crowned at the Pembrokeshire by the Pond show after a fierce competition.

Skinners Grand Prix
It's never easy achieving two clear rounds in a row at speed but the winners of the first Skinners Grand Prix at Chatsworth did just that and more in front of a huge audience.

Brillo International Bounce
Don Cooper reports on a  thoroughly enjoyable day judging the Final at a lovely show with some amazing dogs and handlers. Congratulations to the winners.

The Animal Health Co Classic
Judge Steph Thomas set the course for Heat 10 at Blenheim, the last of the 2014 qualifiers, using all the Ws - wall, wishing well and the Westcott's Water Jump.

Just So Jump & Twist Pairs
Following 10 exciting heats held at shows across the country, the final of The Just So Jump & Twist pairs took place at Tag Summer Show in Uttoxeter.

Triple Team Qualifier
TTQ is a new team event for three dogs per team for dogs of all sizes. Heats will be held throughout 2015 with two teams from each heat qualifying for the final

SCHEDULES

Sorry but it's not be practical to list ALL the schedules available here for space reasons so we've opted for those that we've received in the last two weeks. The shows in red are closing this week so hurry hurry if you want to enter. Schedules can now be downloaded direct from the Show Diary page.

A Grade Change Form is available via a link on the front page of iSS


Attention: Show Organisers Click here to input your essential show details onto the iSS Show Diary.


CHRISTMAS FAYRE

Holiday Message Board
S
ave trees and postage. Send a Christmas greeting to your agility friends via the Agilitynet Message Board where it can be seen throughout the holiday season.

Messages from...

  • Philippa Armstrong

  • PetsPerfect / Agility Warehouse

  • BPL (Essex) Cages & Kennels

  • Paws Trading

  • The Agility World Team

  • i-Fetch

  • Dogbooks on-line

  • Valgrays BC Rescue

  • Kate at Bed Bones & Beyond

  • Good luck to everyone competing at Olympia

  • Bark 2 School

  • Blackthorn AG

Christmas Pics
Time off from training for a little Christmas fun and dressing up. Email or PM us your jolly holiday images and we will try to post a different one every day

Animated Xmas corgiChristmas Fun 'n Games
If you are organising a Christmas party for dogs and their handlers, here are more than 20 suggestions for games and things to do. New activities like Box 'O Weaves always welcome.

Canine Cook
If you are cooking for Christmas, don't forget the dogs. Here are some healthy treats that your dog / dogs will love them. And they won't cost the earth.

  • Sheila Sardine Dog Biscuits

  • Brie's Turkey and Cranberry Dog Bones

  • Tasty Turkey Treats

  • Peanut Butter Poppers

  • Microwave Doggie Doughnuts

REGULAR FEATURES

Senior Agility League
Only 5 more sleeps until the 2014 League closes so get those points in no later than 21 December. The 2015 SAL starts the next day. Anyone 55 and older - young and old at heart - are welcome to join in the fun.

Clubs. Private Trainers & Show Organisers
Time to update your listings on Agilitynet for the new year. We sent out a mass emailing to every club or group that has a live email but there may be some where the contact information has changed so if you have not heard from us lately, please  check your entry and get in touch with us with new details.

Winning Out Certificates 2014
You can now fill in the form to claim your certificate. The New Year's Honours list will be on Agilitynet as usual on 1 January. Certificates will be sent out at the end of February 2015. Thanks to Lintbells who make iMove and uMove joint supplements for their invaluable help and sponsorship.

Numbers
Counting the days until Christmas or until agility starts again? Here are some other 'numbers' to amuse and enlighten you. Better than counting sheep... unless you are a collie!

Feedback
After 16 years of serving the agility community, we'd like to know what you would like to see on 'your' web site? What's your opinion? We really want to know. What can we do for you?

Happy Retirement
After a great career together, Anthony Clarke has announced that Ruby (Ag.Ch. Blazing Red of Rujaff) will be retiring from International Agility. They've been a great partnership for Team GB.

Judge's A-List
Newly qualified judges, please put your name forward for the Judge's A-List. Show secretaries will be booking shows for next year and it is a great way to get on the radar.

Agilitynet Facebook
Agilitynet FB is is great place to exchange ideas but please remember to be respectful and kind to other people. 

Ag. Ch, Dogs
There's another Another new Ag. Champ. Congratulations to Linda Hill and her JRT Ainít No Angel (Small), handled by Steven Richardson, who gained their title at Castlereagh.

Show Diary
Planning your 2015 show season? If any show is missing let us know and we'll chase it down.

Rescue Me
Dogs on teh Agilitynet Rescue page stand more of a chance being rehomed for Christmas because their listing can stay live on the page until they find that forever home.

Flea Market
Time to clear out the garage or loft?  Sell those items which have been lying around for a while. There's cash in your caravan. Your junk is someone else's bargain!

Advertising on Agilitynet
If you are interested in promoting your products and/or services to the agility community, what better way than via Agilitynet. After all, you are reading it now, aren't you! To find out more about advertising your goods and services, see our rate card.

SPECIALS

4th Height Jumping
Ann Harmes which talks about her views on having a 550mm height in Kennel Club agility and why she has changed her mind. It's a good read and food for thought!

Holly the Re-Active Collie
Clive Bayliss tells the story of Holly the Re-Active Collie and how agility and the folks at Dog Learning Zone have helped her have more fun in the world.

Cooking4Mugs
Eat like an Italian even at shows in your caravan. Agility spouse, groom and chief cook 'n bottle washer Bruno Borriello's explains how he wrote his new cookbook between classes at shows. Buon appetito! All profits from sales of the book during 2014 will be donated to BBC Children in Need 2014.

Spot the Finalist Competition
The Animal Health Company will make a £25 donation to make to the favourite charity of the the person who can name the most finalists and supporters in a picture snapped after the Final. How many can you identify?

What's Wrong with European Handling?
Dante Camacho, a Brazilian who lives in and competes for Canada, looks at international agility and asks what do those 'weird moves' really mean?

IMCA Ė PAWC 2014 Report
They came, they saw, they conquered and came back from Italy with an amazing 14 podium places including three Gold medals. It was a great experience and they had fun, too!

Living for Agility
Agility now has it's own song. Sing along...

 

I Am an Agility-holic
Lorraine Pearson is a self-confessed agility addict. She originally posted a shorter version of this article onto Agilitynet FB and got so many 'you have just described me' comments that she agreed to go public about her obsession.

DESPERATELY SEEKING...

We can help you find what you want with our free 'want' ads.

AGILITY LEAGUES

There is no better way to measure your achievement than by comparing like to like. The number of breed and special interest agility leagues is growing. Join one today.

List of Leagues
Start here to find a league of your own. If there isn't a league for you and your dog, find some like-minded people and set one up. They're good fun.

UKA Gun Dog Agility League
The 2014 Gun Dog Agility UKA League results have been published. Congratulations to the winners!

Senior Agility League
The 2014 SAL year ends on 21 December 2014 and the 2015 SAL League starts 22 December 2015. There is still time to join or add your points. Do it now. You're not getting any younger.

Agility Terrier League
The Terrier League Final 2014 was held at Dog Vegas, Thetford on the 21 June. Well done to the all the winners.

Schnauzer & Schnauzer X Agility League
When successful Schnauzer handler Jo Plevin realised the Schnauzer League was no longer running, she decided to set up a new one.

TRAINING

Communicating with Your Dog
Good awareness is one of the most important things in improving handling skills and where better to start than with understanding your dogs' body language? Learn to recognise and interpret what your dog is thinking (more or less) with this article by behaviour counsellor and dog trainer Sheila Harper.

Dog Training Myths Busted
Ruth Turner
wrote this article for the Dig It DTC blog. It's all about those common dog training questions that we've all heard like... Are dogs wolves?

Positive Reward Training
Recent years have seen dramatic changes in how we train our dogs. Modern, positive means of training requires getting rid of the old ways of dominance, force based methods. Mike Afia is concerned that recently he has seen too many incidents of abusive behaviour in the name of training at shows.

HEALTH & FITNESS

ICE Cards
Did you ever think what would happen to your dogs should you, heaven forbid, have an accident when travelling to a show or training.  It occurred to Wendy Clay when she was stranded on the motorway in the freezing cold three hours from home, and  stared her thinking about what to do In Case of Emergency...

Agility, Energy & Injuries
Agility may be great fun but all the twisting, turning, jumping and landing can present a challenge to a dogís joints as well as a drain on energy resources. So we asked James Howie Vet Director at Lintbell's to explain more about the most common injuries in dog agility?

Canine Pancreatitis
Since writing this article, Kay Westgate has had over 50 emails from owners with dogs suffering pancreatitis. They all say they find it helpful.

A Pilates Approach to Dog Agility
Pilates instructor and agility enthusiast Stacy Weeks explains how Pilates can help you be a better handler.

Be AgilityFIT
You might wonder what martial arts have in common with running an agility dog? Personal trainer Mike Wood & Eleanor Balchin have developed an exercise regime specifically for those who compete in dog agility.

REVIEWS

Back on Track Back Brace
As part of his job as a postman, back sufferer Richard Britton has to walk around eight miles a day. He's found that the BoT Back Brace has helped him significantly, so he wanted to make other aware of it's healing warmth.

Country Mun Stopper Pad Protectors
Stopper pads can easily be cut or ripped and injuries are a common reason for trips to the vet. Using these pads can help to avoid the risk of injury and discomfort to your dog and can save lotsa money in treatment costs.

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